BuzzTV X5 Special Edition TV Box Review
Today I have a special Android box from BuzzTV called the BuzzTV X5 special edition 128AX SE model. It runs on the Amlogic S905X4 chipset with 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage, and sporting the BuzzTV live TV server hub feature. BuzzTV is the only Android TV box brand out of Canada that develops OTT boxes. The X5 128AX special features their proprietary live TV/IPTV server hub interface where you can set up and run multiple service providers in one. central interface.
However, this is only their MO as the box itself provides premium value and a great performance. This means even though you don’t have any live TV/IPTV service you still get a high performance certified Android box to stream services such as Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and Max in HD 1080 as its fully certified with Widevine level I and HDCP 2.3 protection.
BuzzTV X5 128AX In The Box
So first and foremost you have the X5 buzz TV model, 1 BT 400 Bluetooth remote, You get one HDMI cable, A 5V 2A DC power adapter, And a support card with QR codes for the remote and another for the user manual of the box.
Design and I/O Ports
The X5’s body is 100% aluminum with torque screws to the top to secure the bottom panel so there are no screws to the base. It aluminum body also acts as its heatsink, and it has the buzz TV logo and pattern to the top.
- For I/O ports it has:
- 1 HDMI 2.1 display port.
- 1 RJ-45 gigabit LAN port.
- 1 optical audio port.
- 1 AV port.
- 1 DC power socket.
- Pair of external antennas.
- 1 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0.
- 1 MicroSD card reader.
- Front, it has an LED power light and an IR sensor.
- Its base, it has 4 antiskid rubber feet and lots of ventilation holes.
BuzzTV X5 MO
If you open the live TV shortcut, you will access its live TV server hub feature. In this interface, you can set up multiple live TV streaming subscriptions and switch between services without having to uninstall any of them. You also have multiple ways to access your subscriptions. You can use the Mac server ID address method, the Xtreme Codes API login method, and you can also use M3U playlists. This interface does not use the service provider’s interface, but its own buzz TV interface for each service, with access to a PVR recording feature, and full EPG guide layout. So this is BuzzTV’s MO and is what defines them from the rest.
Premium Streaming Features
Besides its live TV server feature you can use it as a standard Android box. It has Google Widevine L1 with HDCP 2.3 protection, and here it shows that it’s not rooted. With this level of protection, you are supposed to get services such as prime video and Disney+ in HD and 4K. However, in my Prime Video account, it can only play up to HD 1080p with HDR.
Netflix on the other hand will only show in basic 480p due to the lack of a Netflix ESN certification. However, there is a workaround to get Netflix in at least HD 1080p by sideloading a modified version of the app. These note. This is not some hacked version to get free Netflix, in fact, that’s impossible.
The app utilizes the box’s Widevine level I encryption together with your paid subscription the grant you at least HD 1080p once you are paying for an HD account, this does not work if you have a basic package. To get your hands on this modified version you would have to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BuzzTV X5 128AX SE System and Hardware info
The manufacturer of its chipset is Droidlogic and it runs on 4GB of DDR4 RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and its Bluetooth version is 5.0. Its CPU is the Amlogic S905X4 which is a quad-core Cortex A55 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz configured in a 32bit mode which restricts it to only 32bit apps and games.
Its display is powered by the Mali G31 GPU with OpenGL ES version 3.2 support. Its Wi-Fi adapter uses Wi-Fi 6 technology and it’s one of the first boxes I see that actually has an indicator that shows you it’s using Wi-Fi 6. Its operating system is Android 11 and it shows that it’s not rooted. It GPU has Vulkan support API version 1.1.
With its aluminum body its idle operating temperature is 56°C. For decoders it has Dolby Vision, AV1, and HEVC. There is no Dolby Atmos EAC3 or DTS HD.
BuzzTV X5 128AX SE Benchmarks
And now a look at some benchmarks and where it places on my ranking chart.
First the speeds from its round and internal storage.
It has a RAM copy speed of 3488 MB/s.
Its internal storage has read the speed of 162 MB/s, and a write speed of 128 MB/s.
For testing its Wi-Fi and ethernet LAN speeds, seeing that it has a Wi-Fi 6 AX adapter, I set my router WPA3 personal with AES encryption and these other results.
Based on my network speed of 154 Mbps its 5 GHz band achieved the maximum speed of my network.
Its 2.4 GHz band maxed out at around 112 Mbps which is 72% of the speed of my network.
And it ethernet LAN port this test proves that it’s a gigabit LAN port also achieving also the maximum speed of my network.
Its 2.4 GHz band still achieved better than most averaging over 100 Mbps.
In the benchmarking its CPU, In the Geekbench 5 CPU benchmark it scored 150 single-core, and 379 multi-core.
And in the comprehensive Antutu benchmark, it scored 103,108. So that’s a pretty high score.
So with these scores the BuzzTV X5 is currently at position 31 based on its high Antutu benchmark score and this is not bad at all for this box.
Pros and Cons
In summary there are a lot of things to like about the X5 in relation to its streaming features, quality build, and hardware performance, and then there some minor issues that may be a dealbreaker for specific users. All in all, I think it’s a fantastic dynamic well rounded Android box and I recommend it to purchase.